Mother’s Day Memories Past and Present

Roller Coaster Reflections on Mother’s Day

Screamin' Eagle Roller Coaster Six Flags“Hey, let’s go to Six Flags today,” my mother suggested one Saturday morning in early June of 1980 as she hovered over the shabby sofa on which I sprawled. “We shouldn’t waste such a gorgeous day, and you don’t have to work, right?”

“Huh?” I peered up from the juicy novel I’d planned to devour first over summer break.

“Come on, it’ll be fun!” In one swift move, Mom confiscated the paperback and hoisted me from my cozy nest. “You can read in the car on the way there and back, okay?”

“What about the twins?” I asked about my sisters. “They’ll be ticked to be left out.”

“Yeah, right, aren’t you funny! And besides, they’re working today. This is our special treat … on me.”

My older siblings had entered the “it’s-not-cool-to-hang-with-Mom” stage of adolescence. At fourteen, I was headed in that direction too, testing my independence with my first job at McDonald’s and spreading my wings with activities away from home. The mood-swing-inducing hormones that would distance me from my mother for the better part of the next decade were already running through my veins. Continue reading

Where the Light Gets In by Kimberly Williams-Paisley

Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her AgainWhere the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again by Kimberly Williams-Paisley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed reading Where the Light Gets In and recommend the book. I think I wanted to see if a celebrity might somehow have a different experience with dementia than the average person. And largely the pain and struggle is the same, regardless of status. Dementia is cruel and difficult for all. My favorite part of this memoir was when the author rid herself of selfish expectations and learned to connect with her mother in the moment of what was left to share. It’s an “a-ha” moment that I finally reached as well, and what I hope others will discover too as they struggle through a loved one’s journey through dementia. Kudos to Williams-Paisley for showing the reality of this disease and not sugar coating the difficulties.

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Mel-O-Cream Donuts featured in new family-focused novel Brought To Our Senses

Hometown donut shop provides the setting for a pivotal scene in a central Illinois story, offers book from four Springfield locations, and hosts book signing event February 25, 2017.

Mel-O-Cream Donuts Springfield ILSPRINGFIELD, IL, February 15, 2017 – Springfield favorite Mel-O-Cream Donuts plays a supporting role in the new family saga novel Brought To Our Senses. A pivotal scene takes place in chapter 15 with a chance encounter in the local donut shop, resulting in the discovery of a shocking family secret with serious repercussions. To celebrate this connection with the story, Mel-O-Cream will offer the novel from its four Springfield locations and hold a book signing event on February 25, 2017.

“I needed a familiar location where it would make sense to run into an old friend and have a casual conversation,” says Springfield author Kathleen H. Wheeler. “I can’t think of anyplace more perfect than Mel-O-Cream, somewhere I’ve been a gazillion times since I was a kid, and a place where I’ve bumped into countless acquaintances over the years.”

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The NightingaleThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Nightingale was an enjoyable read. It was fascinating to relive WWII from the perspective of two French sisters. I liked the conclusion and how I wasn’t sure what happened and which sister was left until the very end. A lovely, emotional story and good reminder that war is hell. Hopefully history has taught its lesson.
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Brought To Our Senses family saga novel by Kathleen H. Wheeler

 

Vono Medical Supplies in Springfield, Illinois

Vono Medical Supplies now carries Brought To Our Senses: A Novel

Vono Medical Supplies Springfield ILVono Medical Supplies in Springfield, IL is where you need to go for home medical equipment. They carry all the medical products caregivers need to keep loved ones comfortable and cared for at home. And now you can pick up a copy of Brought To Our Senses there too! Look for the novel at the cash registers or on the front table with other educational reading materials. Caregivers will find inspiration in the family drama about four troubled siblings brought together by their mother’s health crisis.

 

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Small Great ThingsSmall Great Things by Jodi Picoult
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this story. It was easy to read and shared all the main characters from a first person perspective, making it clear where they were coming from and why they behaved the way they did. Not that it made them all likable, because some were just so hateful and deplorable. Picoult was brave to tackle the divisive topic of racism head on. With one daughter in nursing school and another considering law school, I’ve recommended they both read this book. This novel shows we all could benefit by practicing more acceptance and love. What a wonderful takeaway!

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Brought To Our Senses family saga novel by Kathleen H. Wheeler

The Corkscrew ultimate blend: fine wine and a good book

The Corkscrew in Springfield IL now sells Brought To Our Senses

I love reading, and I love wine. But reading with a glass of wine? Forget about it, that’s the best! What a luxury to sip a smooth glass of Pinot Noir and read a compelling story, one that just makes obligations and responsibilities fade away. If only there were enough hours in the week to read while enjoying a great bottle of wine. Sigh. Continue reading

2016 Reading Challenge Results

Coming Up Short on 2016 Reading Challenge

I set a goal of 24 books for my 2016 reading challenge, and I’m sorry to say that I missed it by four books. What a bummer! I’ve been so busy this year that my reading time was cut short, although I did try my best, especially in the last couple of weeks of the year with additional free time due to the holiday.

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The Blue Door artist gallery in Springfield, Illinois

The Blue Door now offers Brought To Our Senses

The Blue Door artist gallery Springfield IllinoisIf you’re shopping in the Springfield, Illinois area, you’ll now find Brought To Our Senses at The Blue Door! The Blue Door is an artist gallery located at 3259 West Iles. Stop by this amazing showcase of creativity to get your art fix with unique and handcrafted jewelry, accessories, and fine art. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift or home decor, you need look no further than The Blue Door. While you’re there, pick up a copy of the family saga novel Brought To Our Senses too!

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Read the Springfield Scene Magazine book review

Brought To Our Senses book review in Springfield Scene Magazine

Brought To Our Senses Book Review in Springfield Scene MagazineThanks to Springfield Scene Magazine and reviewer Robyn A. Bouillon for the fantastic review of Brought To Our Senses in the November/December 2016 issue! Check the book review out right here and let me know what you think! Does this synopsis and review make you want to dive right in to read this family saga novel?

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